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Auxiliary Trooper Ormand Franklin Watkins | Alabama Department of Public Safety, Alabama Alabama Department of Public Safety, Alabama

Auxiliary Trooper

Ormand Franklin Watkins

Alabama Department of Public Safety, Alabama

End of Watch: Sunday, April 11, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 4/11/1971

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Suspect: Sentenced to 5 years

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Trooper Ormand Watkins was shot and killed after stopping a reckless driver. During the stop it was determined that the man was drunk. The suspect gained control of Trooper Watkins gun and fatally wounded him. He also shot and wounded a trooper who was on the scene. Trooper Watkins killer was sentenced to 30 years; he served 10 and was then pardoned by Governor George Wallace.

Trooper Watkins had been with the agency for six months. He was survived by his wife and child.

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